The Mankato City Council voted Monday night to recognize the second Monday in October as Indigenous People’s Day rather than Columbus Day and encouraged other businesses, organizations and public entities to do the same.
The resolution states that it’s the next step on the path of reconciliation between the Dakota Nation and the people of Mankato, in connection with the December 26, 1862 hangings of 38 Dakota men in Mankato in the largest mass execution in the United States.
It also says the City of Mankato strives to eliminate systemic racism toward Indigenous people and promote policies that honor their roots and history.
The proposal, when was presented to the council by petition, didn’t survive in its entirety. The city dropped a strong rebuke of Christopher Columbus for committing, “Untold atrocities against Indigenous Peoples.”